Citation managers are applications that collect, manage, and cite research sources.
MSU Mankato's librarians recommend Mendeley or Zotero. Both citation managers are endorsed by Memorial Library as effective, low-cost (or free) tools that offer a variety of benefits to their users.
Mendeley or Zotero can help you:
How do you pick the best citation management software for you? We put together a comparison chart below to help you identify the different features available and figure out the best option for you.
|Cost:||Free; fee for additional cloud storage||Free; fee for additional cloud storage|
|How to get it:||Create account||Create account|
|How it works:||Desktop or web-based client||Desktop client|
|Data is stored:||On your computer; Cloud (if you sync)||On your computer; Cloud (if you sync)|
|Can I collaborate with others:||Yes||Yes|
|Where to get help:||Mendeley Support||Zotero Support|
Credit: This comparison information was adapted from the University of Victoria Libraries.